I searched for a forum for ten minutes and I chose this one, being that it is a social issue. This is not a rant. I would like to inform the ATS
community on a terrible waste of the tax payer’s money. I did not do a search because this is my own personal experience with this program.
First of all before the hounds are unleashed on me I would like to state a few things to get the facts out there about my situation.
I am currently in my last semester of college and will graduate the two year welding tech program this spring. I work part time at a local business
and was employed there for 12 years full time. I have always considered myself to be poor. I am fed up with it and I decided to make a change for my
kid’s future. You can check some of my posts on other threads to get an idea about my situation having three kids one of which I pay child support
on, way too much child support to tell you the truth. But that is another topic for another day.
My girlfriend of more than ten years surprised me last week with the news of her saying she is going to receive a free cell phone with free minutes. I
did not take her too seriously and continued on my ATS journey, because I realize that nothing is free. (I would like to add that my girlfriend is a
dietary tech (cook) at a nursing home and works four days a week sometimes more if needed.) We are not lazy and we work. We are trying to get out of
this hole that has consumed more and more people.
Well, a few days ago she surprised me again with handing me the phone and telling me to keep it on me for "emergencies." This is a huge problem for me
because I had a cell phone for years with my family on their family plan. I told my mother last year to disconnect my phone because I was tired of the
over priced crappy service. I also believe that people have become kind of brainwashed to the idea that they have to have a cell phone. This is the
way I do things. If I do not like the product I will not buy it. It is my own personal way to reject the system. If more people would do this, I
believe that the companies would lower their over inflated fees.
I have had this cell phone for a few days now. It comes with 250 minutes every month for free. I have only used one minute of the air time in three
days or so. I do not want this phone but the girlfriend says I have to have it. I think that it is a waste of tax payer’s money and I wonder what
the real motive of this program is.
Here is some information I found on the program.
Welfare recipients in approximately 20 states–with more to follow– are currently eligible to receive a free cell phone with a limited number
of monthly minutes. All individuals that qualify for state or federal welfare–food stamps, Medicaid, etc.–and have an income at or below 135% of
the poverty level, are eligible. According to a Fox News report, the cell phone service is currently the fastest growing welfare program in the
In 2008, the fund that foots the bill for this program contributed $819 million to subsidize low-income telephone services. The fund is projected to
grow to over $1 billion this year. That’s $1 billion of over $800 billion the United States will spend on welfare in 2010.
This particular program is covered by the federal Universal Service Fund. At first it received its money by essentially taxing telephone companies
that provided long-distance service, with the money then being used to provide affordable rates for those living in less densely populated areas where
phone service was more costly. However, in 1996, Congress voted to extend the use of this fund to subsidize low-income households and subsequently
expanded the list of those required to pay into the fund to include: local telephone companies, wireless companies, paging services, and payphone
providers. (Naturally, the cost for this fund is passed to the customer.) In 2008, the Federal Communications Commission began subsidizing cell phones
for low-income households.
This is totally absurd considering the state of Illinois budget crisis. A crisis that will not be fixed with government payed free cell phones. Here
is the state of Illinois budget shortfall numbers.
The legislative session that began today as the House convened will take aim at a budget deficit of at least $13 billion, including a backlog of
more than $6 billion in unpaid bills and almost $4 billion in missed payments to underfunded state pensions.
Here is another article.
Budget cuts endanger lives of children in child welfare system, ACLU of Illinois tells federal court.
CHICAGO – Budget cuts forced by Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly endanger the safety and lives of children in the state’s
foster care system. The draconian budget cuts set to go into effect on July 1st severely impair the ability of the Illinois Department of Children and
Family Services (DCFS) to ensure the well-being and welfare of vulnerable children in their care and violate a federal court agreement that is
responsible for transforming the previously-troubled agency. These charges form the basis of an emergency motion filed today by the American Civil
Liberties Union of Illinois seeking to enforce critical terms of the consent decree monitored by the U.S. District Court in Chicago. Judge John Grady
will hear arguments in support of the ACLU of Illinois’ efforts to enforce the decree on Monday, June 29th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 2201 of the Dirksen
Federal Building in downtown
Most people that I know would say *snip* it. It is on the government, I do not have to pay for it. This is not how I feel. I am not happy. I do not
want a cell phone to begin with.
We have to do something about this.
Or is it too late?
edit on 16-2-2011 by liejunkie01 because: structure
edit on 16-2-2011 by gallopinghordes because: please
don't circumvent our censors.